About once or twice a week I take a trip to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the family. Yesterday was one such day and during my usual stroll through the store I stumbled upon one of man’s greatest, or lowest depending upon perspective, culinary inventions: “Lays Biscuits and Gravy Potato Chips.” What sane person stepped so far outside the norm to sit in a room and say, “I think we need a biscuit and gravy potato chip.”
I’ve been on Weight Watchers now for about a month and between carefully calculated points and a little exercise have lost about eight pounds. I certainly don’t need another reason to crave potato chips; so I am not arguing for a more appetizing alternative to a “Biscuit and Gravy” variety. However, the fact such exists makes the point of just how complicated any attempt to follow a healthy diet for ourselves and our family has become. So many of our health problems come as a result of poor food choices and these choices seem to become more and more available everyday.
I think the following illustration sums up the food woes of many who struggle to have a healthy diet. In fact, I think it sums up mankind’s problems with sin in general quite well. I don’t know where this illustration comes from so I apologize for my inability to attribute it to anyone. If you know to whom I owe such credit please let me know in the comments…
In the beginning God populated the earth with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerrys and Krispy Kreme Donuts and Satan said, “Do you want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “And another one with sprinkles!” and they gained ten pounds.
Then God created the helpful yogurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair. Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. Woman went from a size 2 to a size 12, so God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented thousand island dressing and garlic toast on the side and Man and Woman unfastened their belts as they continued to eat all that the Devil laid before them.
God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them” and Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken fried steak so big it needed its own platter. Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof. God then brought running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds and Satan gave cable t.v. with a remote control, so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and gained more pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition and Satan peeled off the healthful skin, sliced the starchy center into chips and deep fried them and Man gained still more pounds. God then gave lean beef, so that Man might consume few calories and still satisfy his appetite and Satan created McDonalds and a 99 cent double cheese-burger. Satan then said, “You want fries with that?” Man replied, “Yes and super-size them!” Satan said, “It is good. “Man went into cardiac arrest. God sighed and created quadruple by pass surgery and Satan created HMOs.
Biscuits and Gravy Lays may not be from the devil but we sure can be tempted with them by the devil! Be encouraged in the struggle my friend! You are not alone! What you are doing matters and the healthy choices you make for you and your family will pay off in countless ways throughout the lives of all of you! I pray for the strength to put down the biscuits and gravy long enough to see the true benefits of better choices!
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